National Newswatch

How Justin Trudeau imperiled his own re-election

Aug 20 2019 — Theophilos Argitis — A scandal that threatens to derail Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bid for re-election returned to the headlines at a particularly sensitive time. Following a months-long investigation, Canada’s ethics watchdog found that Trudeau had inappropriately interfered in a judicial matter, a conclusion that reignited criticism of his dominant Liberal Party as overly cozy with big business. […]

Trudeau Takes Big Lead on Economic Stewardship Ahead of Election

Aug 14 2019 — Theophilos Argitis — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has forged a comfortable lead over his main political rival on the crucial question of economic stewardship, giving the Canadian leader a critical advantage in his bid for re-election in October. According to a monthly survey conducted by Nanos Research Group for Bloomberg News, 37% of respondents say they trust Trudeau […]

Economic Rebound Gives Trudeau Momentum Ahead of Fall Election

Jul 18 2019 — Stephen Wicary — A dead heat among voters over which leader is best suited to steer the Canadian economy appears to breaking in Justin Trudeau’s favor. The Liberal prime minister is pulling ahead of his main rival on the crucial question of economic stewardship in the run up to the October election. According to a survey by Nanos […]

Trump to Host Trudeau Next Week to Discuss Trade Deal, Huawei

Jun 13 2019 — — Donald Trump is set to host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week as the American president’s tariff threats continue to cloud the outlook for the countries’ trade deal with Mexico. Trudeau will visit Washington on June 20 and is tentatively scheduled to meet Trump that day, according to a Canadian official who spoke on […]

Canadians split between Trudeau and Scheer on economic acumen

Jun 7 2019 — Theophilos Argitis — Four months before an election, Canadians remain split on whether they see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or his main rival, Andrew Scheer, as the best manager of the nation’s economy. Asked which leader they trusted to support growth, 30 per cent of Canadians picked Trudeau and 29 per cent chose Scheer, according to a survey […]

Meet the frontrunners to succeed Poloz at top Bank of Canada job

May 13 2019 — Theophilos Argitis — Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz enters the final year of his term next month, and the guessing game on who could succeed him is underway. While Poloz hasn’t officially announced whether he wants to stay, no Canadian central bank governor has been given a second mandate since the early 1980s. Early front-runners include the […]

Canada Likely to Proceed With Trans Mountain Expansion

May 7 2019 — Josh Wingrove — The Canadian government is likely to proceed with expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline when it announces its decision next month, officials familiar with the matter say. The government has made no secret about its interest in finding a way to expand the conduit, but has tiptoed around the matter to avoid opening any […]

Canadians Don’t See an Economic Champion Yet in Looming Election

May 6 2019 — Josh Wingrove — Five months from an election, Canadian voters remain undecided on who they think would best grow the economy — the latest signal of a wide-open race. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer are neck-and-neck as the top choices to best manage the country’s growth. But fully half the country favors neither of […]

Canada Urged to File WTO Case Against China Over Canola Feud

Mar 29 2019 — Josh Wingrove — Canada is being urged to launch a World Trade Organization challenge against China over an escalating canola feud between the two countries. China has halted imports of canola — a crop used in cooking and livestock feed — from some Canadian firms. While the Asian country is citing pest and quarantine concerns, the move is […]

Canada Sees Its Biggest Influx of Immigrants Since World War I

Mar 21 2019 — Theophilos Argitis — Canada just recorded its biggest influx of immigrants in more than a century. The country added 71,131 immigrants in the final three months of 2018, for a full year increase of 321,065, according to the latest estimates released Thursday by Statistics Canada in Ottawa. The annual increase is the largest since 1913 — when 401,000 […]

How Trudeau’s Faring Economically Ahead of His Election Budget

Mar 18 2019 — Theophilos Argitis — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his fourth and final budget this week before Canada’s next election. The fiscal plan, to be unveiled Tuesday in the Ottawa legislature by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, comes with the economy in a soft patch, concerns building over the country’s competitiveness and the Liberal government trailing in opinion polls.

Once-Mighty Canadian Mining Losing Ground to Global Competitors

Mar 14 2019 — — Canada is in danger of losing its global dominance in mining, despite recent government initiatives to improve competitiveness, according to a report from an industry association. The report, by the Mining Association of Canada, comes as debate about the hollowing out of the country’s mining sector grows. Mega-mergers by Canada’s two largest gold companies, Barrick […]

Trudeau Government Signals It Will Soon Announce Pharmacare Plan

Mar 6 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is signaling it could soon announce funding for a pharmacare program, as it looks to help reduce the billions paid out-of-pocket for prescription drugs. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Finance Minister Bill Morneau spoke Wednesday in Toronto after a government pharmacare advisory council delivered an interim report on a […]